Needing a spark at point guard, Colorado head coach Tad Boyle made a change in his starting lineup on Wednesday night.

Sophomore Xavier Talton got his first career start during CU's 68-63 win against Washington State.

Talton started ahead of true freshman Jaron Hopkins, who had struggled in a starting role over the previous five games.

While neither player put up great numbers, the Buffs did get quality minutes out of that pair.

"I thought Jaron was terrific coming off the bench," Boyle said. "He played with no fear, he played aggressive. He shot it like he didn't hesitate and we need that kind of play from Jaron."

Hopkins had five points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals off the bench. Talton got two quick fouls, but played an efficient 14 minutes and scored three points.

CU's other point guard, Eli Stalzer, played just four minutes. He had missed the previous two days of practice because of an illness.

Lacy burns Buffs

CU didn't see DaVonte Lacy when the teams met on Jan. 8 in Spokane, Wash., because the Cougars' star guard had a rib injury.

On Wednesday, Lacy had a career night, finding holes in the CU defense throughout the game. Lacy had 34 points and went 8-for-13 from 3-point range.


"He's a good player," Boyle said. "There's a reason that they missed him. You have to tip your hat to him, but I'd like for our guys to be on him and not give him 8-for-13 from 3 when you know the guy is a 3-point shooter."

Booker efficient

In the first meeting with the Cougars, Askia Booker was just 2-for-12 from the floor. On Wednesday, he went 9-for-12, including 2-for-3 from 3-point range.

"When he's that efficient, our offense is pretty good," Boyle said.

Booker was disappointed in his three turnovers, but he also had five assists. He's had at least four assists in five consecutive games.


Hopkins and Dustin Thomas, also a true freshman, both came into Wednesday on 0-for-14 slumps from 3-point range. Both ended their skids by hitting from beyond the arc against the Cougars.

For Thomas, it was his first 3 since Nov. 16 against Jack son State.

"Dustin Thomas is going to make a lot of 3s before he leaves Colorado," Boyle said. "He's a good shooter and much better than his numbers indicate."

Hopkins' streak dated back to Jan. 5 against Oregon.


CU is 14-1 at home this season. ... The Buffs are 4-0 against the Cougars since joining the Pac-12. ... CU had a 32-28 edge in rebounding, improving to 14-2 this season when winning that category.

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